Brinkman Trailmaster Limited
- Entire smoker sealed with high heat sealant..
- Charcoal basket--12x10x6
- Deflector plat at 45 degree angle...tuning plates--
- Exhaust vent extended to grille height
- Felt gasket on lid with Clamps
- Water pan closest tofire box on top of tuning plates..
Ok so here are my several issues and questions. I cant seem to hold temp at all. I started my fire using the minion method. Put half a basket of charcoal in the firebox. Pulled out 15 or so from the middle. Lit them completely. Dumped in the middle. Intake wide open. I let the entire basket catch in 20-30 minutes. I then put on 2 log splits on top of the charcoal. It brought my pit up to 245 on the exhaust side and 238 closest to fbox. I opened my pit to bring down my temp around 225-230. It stabilized. Total about an hour since putting in lit charcoal. I cloised my intake almost completely. However, I lost temp down to 205 within an hour and needed more fuel to get temp back up. I tried opening the intake more and it didnt help. I dropped in more lit charcoal. Spiked temp up to 245 again. Held for 30-45 minutes and dropped again. This time I tried another log split. I bounced up and down from 250 to 205 every 45 minutes to an hour or so. I never got a good bed of embers going. Do I need more wood to create a nice bed of embers?
When adding wood splits. How do I keep from putting in nasty white or black smoke = creosote. Whenever I dumped a log in I opened up my intake completely to keep the white smoke from billowing. It would spike temp bad. My logs would keep a really high flame and never stop smoking badly. I thought the logs would lose flame and just turn to embers. This didnt seem to happen. I just seemed to blow through my logs fast and never get good thin blue smoke. I would get good thin blue smoke after about 20 minutes of putting a log in.
Can I please get some advice on how to hold temp longer? How to add and when to add wood properly for fuel?
I truly appreciate any help I can get.